PTA Weekly Newsletter January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019 Issue 

In this issue:

Dates to put in the Calendar

Wednesday January 16 Winter Band Concert, Grade 7, LHS, 7pm

Thursday January 17 Winter Band Concert, Grades 6 and 8, LHS, 7pm

Monday January 21 No School: MLK Day

Wednesday January 23 PTA Coffee, tbd, 7pm

Friday January 25 Term 2 closesAnnouncements from Diamond PTA

Evening with the Principal: Save the date!

Please join us for our upcoming Evening with the Principal on Wednesday January 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm. More details and an invitation to come soon!


DiamondTalk Google Group: Join today!

Did you know that there is a google group for Diamond parents?

The group is an email list for parents at the William Diamond Middle School in Lexington, MA, to share information that’s relevant to our kids, school or neighborhood.  If you would like to join, search for “DiamondTalk” at!overview.

Although this is not a PTA group, we have recently started managing the group.  If you have any questions or problems signing up, please contact,


Diamond Green Team Update: Jan 2019

With the support of our Parent Green Team volunteers recycling and composting is significantly reducing the amount of trash produced in Diamond's cafeteria every Monday and Wednesday. We have also been composting at after-school events, such as, the French Departments Bûche De Nöel. The student Green Team, led by teachers Christine Goulet and Lonamae Shand, has been busy making a promotional video to encourage students to sign up and help with the program. The video was shown during a WIN block last week and training of the first volunteers begins this week. With the support of the student population, we hope to soon have the cafeteria composting and recycling every day.  If you’d like to get involved with a lunchtime shift please email

We are also now collecting all of the plastic bags and film that the cafeteria uses. These are taken by a volunteer to the Trex collection point at Stop and Shop. Trex keeps them out of the incinerator/landfill by recycling them into composite decking products. Don't forget to take your plastic bags to Stop and Shop or any store that collects plastic bags.

If you are doing any New Year cleaning out don't forget that there is a Textile Bin at Diamond at the front of the building (Hancock Street side) in the loop near Victory Garden Way. Bayside Textiles collects all old fabrics, shoes, stuffed animals, etc and recycles them, keeping them out of the waste stream.


Upcoming Diamond and LPS Events

Including Samuel

  • When: January 17, 7-9 pm (snow date: 1/24/19)

  • Where: Lexington Venue, 1794 Mass Ave, Lexington

Please join us for a free movie screening. Including Samuel, a documentary by Dan Habib, discussion moderated by Joe Petner, PhD.  Including Samuel chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.  The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.  Sponsored by LexSEPAC/SEPTA, Lexington Commission on Disability, the Lexington Human Rights Commission, and the Lexington Venue.  Space is limited, please RSVP to


8th Grade Parent Forum: Going to LHS

  • February 11, 9-10:30 am at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Rm 139)

  • February 13, 7-9 pm in the Lexington High School Science Auditorium (enter the school via the main entrance off Worthen Road, then follow signs)

All 8th grade parents are invited to come learn more about life at LHS from a panel of current LHS parents. This will be a Q&A session, so bring all of your parent-to-parent questions about helping your child navigate the transition to high school. The morning and evening sessions will both have the same format: attend whichever one is most convenient for you.


LexSEPTA / SEPAC Events: Winter / Spring 2019

Link to events:  To register for a speaker event:  click on event, registration button appears at bottom of description.


Diamond Performing Arts Calendar

FOLMADS is proud to present the listing of fall performing arts events so parents can start marking the events in their calendars!  Shown below are the Diamond Performing Arts Events for the next couple of months.  The full calendar can be found at:

Diamond Performing Arts Calendar of Events 2018-2019DateEvent DescriptionTimeLocationWed, Jan 16Winter Band Concert - Estabrook, Fiske, Elementary Select Band, Diamond MS 7 Grade, LHS Symphonic Band7pmLHS AuditoriumThu, Jan 17Winter Band Concert - Hastings, Bridge, Diamond MS 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Concert Band, LHS Wind Ensemble7pmLHS AuditoriumWed, Jan 30Winter Orchestra Concert - Estabrook 4, Hastings 4, Fiske 4, Diamond 6 and 8 Grade, LHS Symphony Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumWed, Feb 27Winter Orchestra Concert - All 5th Grade Strings, All Town Orchestra, Clarke and Diamond 7th Grade Combined Orchestra, LHS Repertoire Orchestra7:30pmLHS GymnasiumThu, Mar 7 - Sun Mar 10Diamond Middle School Musical Production "Annie"7:30pm
11amDiamond Middle School


Community Announcements

Overcoming Unconscious Bias, Jan 20

  • When: Sunday, January 20, 2-4 pm

  • Where: Cary Library, Large Meeting Room

All of us harbor unconscious biases, even those of us with positive intentions. The good news is that training can help us recognize our biases, challenge them, and replace them with inclusive practices. Doing so can create a more just and welcoming environment for all. This training covers all types of biases. It is suitable for adults and motivated teens. Sponsored by LexPride and Cary Memorial Library. Registration is required:


Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service, Jan 21

  • When: Monday January 21 (weekend events on the 19 and 20, too)

Join us as we unite our Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. On Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day Commemoration, social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So make the Holiday uplifting and impactful by participating in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. Additional information and to sign up to volunteer.


Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children, Jan 24

  • When: Thursday, January 24, 7-9 pm

  • Where: Rm 24-25, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers both general guidance and specific strategies for addressing issues of race with white children. The workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas and some examples of skillful responses to challenging situations, followed by smaller group sessions to practice and discuss responses to possible scenarios. Reading the book ahead of time will be helpful but is not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary; questions welcomed at: Jointly sponsored by Follen Church (UU) and Temple Isaiah.


Teen Summer Expo at Lexington High School, Jan 29

  • When: Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 – 8 pm

  • Where: LHS, Commons II

  • Free!

The Teen Summer Expo brings the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs together with teenagers and their parents for a FREE, informative and easy-to-manage evening. Find unique and exciting summer experiences from adventure travel to community service to internships and enrichment in academics, sports or the arts, both locally and throughout the world. There will be options for every interest and budget.

Get answers to specific questions about safety, supervision, costs and programming directly from the people running the programs.
For more details, contact
Register for a reminder at
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Enough as She is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

  • When: Thursday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Where: Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.
Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book signing at the conclusion of the event.  Please contact Betty Ann Killian at with any questions.


Save the Date: 5th Annual Lexington Parent Academy

  • When: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

  • Where: Lexington’s Community Center

Designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers to manage the changing demands of parenting in today’s world, this is a free event for all interested parents and community members.  A list of presenters will available soon.  Please contact Julie Fenn, Assistant Coordinator of PE, Health and Wellness with any


Untold Stories: The Invisible work of Motherhood, Jan 19

  • When: January 19, 2-4 pm

  • Where: Lexington Community Center

Our work as mothers is fulfilling, and so very purposeful. It brings us joy, and feelings of loving and being loved that are different from other relationships in our lives.  But that is not our whole story. A mother’s story is incomplete without the arc of her life’s work as a mother.  Come hear the other side.

True Story Theater and Dr. Kumkum Malik invite you to tell your story of your work as a mother, hear the stories of other mothers, and then watch these stories be enacted live using improve theater.  Event details.